Prepare to Die Edition released via Steam in December 2014, with no Games for Windows Live requirement.
Replaced by the Remastered version on Steam, after which this version can no longer be purchased, but it can still be installed and played via Steam by those who own it.
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I am playing with propietary Nvidia Drivers. No DLLs override in my winecfg for none game. Windows version is set to Windows 7. NOTE 1: If you want to play with DSfix (it is not essential) you need to dll override "dinput8" as (native,builtin) NOTE 2: Until latest April, Darks Souls play fine with unstable Wine. Versions 1.9.9 (maybe 1.9.8 too), 1.9.10 and 1.9.11 crash the game (with or without DSfix)in Press Start Button screen.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Gentoo Linux||Oct 12 2020||5.19||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Chiitoo|
|Show||Linux Mint 19.1 "Tessa"||Feb 03 2019||4.0-rc7-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Robert Fuchs|
|Show||Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)||Oct 10 2018||3.16-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Le Gluon du Net|
|Show||Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)||Feb 25 2018||3.2||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Ben halford|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Sep 09 2017||2.16-staging||Yes||No||No||Garbage||Jason Stryker|
The use of DSFix for running Dark Souls is highly recommended. It allows for higher resolution than the native 720p, and the frame rate can also be unlocked to higher than 30hz. Note that higher frame rates will increase weapon decay, and can cause instability on certain actions such as sliding down ladders.
The only difference between using DSFix on Windows is that on Linux, in order to load the modified DINPUT8.dll extracted into the DATA folder, you must enable a DLL override for dinput8 in the Libraries tab of winecfg
Here's a basic guide to getting DSFix working:
Dark Souls does not recognize Xbox 360 controllers with the default xpad kernel driver.
Instead, the use of the userspace xboxdrv is recommended.
Assuming you use the default keybindings ('G' for gesture menu, 'Shift+Tab' for Steam Overlay, 'End' for menu) you should launch (as root!) xboxdrv with the following parameters:
xboxdrv --detach-kernel-driver --buttonmap 1=3,3=1,2=4,4=2,rt=start,lt=back,start=rt,back=lt --ui-buttonmap guide=KEY_LEFTSHIFT+KEY_TAB,rt=KEY_END,lt=KEY_G --detach --dbus disabled --daemon
The video files (including the title screen) in Dark Souls 1 are .wmv files, so Windows Media codecs are required.
This can be installed with winetricks:
winetricks -q wmp9